The Masai Mara, the Laikipia Plateau, Mt Kenya, The Indian Ocean Coast… Kenya has so much on offer, let us direct you to the very best places.
The Masai Mara, Kenya’s most famous region, is the northern extension of the Serengeti Plains ecosystem. It is almost entirely made up of open grassland savannah and is home to a huge amount of wildlife, including The Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and giraffe) and much much more. There are also around 40 black rhino that live in the Masai Mara, although they lead solitary lifestyles and can prove elusive.
The most amazing spectacle in the Mara is the wildebeest migration, which takes place from July to October each year. Vast herds make their annual journey North from the Serengeti following the fresh grass, they then turn back to Tanzania in October.
Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy is a privately owned wildlife sanctuary in Northern Kenya and is home to a great variety of indigenous species. At the very core of their work is the protection and preservation of a number of rare and endangered species that naturally dwell on Lewa.
Within the park, there are three fabulous lodges and all the profits that they generate are reinvested into environmental and community projects. In addition to these, there are further wonderful properties on neighbouring community land managed by locals and constructed from local materials.
The Laikipia Plateau is Kenya’s high country and spans a huge area between the lakes of the Rift Valley in the West to Samburu and Meru in the East. The plateau forms an arc to the North of Mount Kenya. A stunning backdrop to any wildlife photo.
Being such a large region, the topography and climate varies enormously with the northern reaches becoming arid and rocky whilst the southern edges are fed by rainfall and meltwater off Mount Kenya – giving rise to verdant grasslands. There are lodges and tented camps here to cater for every possible taste and within the greater Laikipia area, many conservancies have been created to protect the endemic wildlife. By working together, fences are slowly being removed to restore this land to totally wild wildlife and allow the passage of game through a huge area.
Kenya has one of the most beautiful and varied coastlines of all African countries. The Indian Ocean meets the land here on long white sand beaches, rocky outcrops and sheltered coves. The culture of the coast is fascinating, from the UNESCO sites of Lamu and the Arabesque influence to the ancient trading ports of Mombasa.
Arguably the best beaches are to be found South of Mombasa, through Diani and onto Msembweni. These are frequently combined with safari as a wonderful relaxing beach break after the heat and dust of being in safari.
The Amboseli National Park is part of an ancient elephant migration route in Southern Kenya with the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Elephants headed north from Tarangire and Lake Manyara in Tanzania, following the crease of the Great Rift Valley into Kenya following the rains. Elephants still use this corridor and in the dry months of August, herds converge at the swamp waterholes on the dusty plains of Amboseli before heading west towards the Mara. In addition to the elephants, Amboseli has excellent big cat populations with the open landscape being suited to the hunting style of cheetahs in particular.
A lesser known but simply beautiful area (and one of our favorites) is that of the Chyulu Hills, a series of ancient volcanic cinder cones, many of which are largely composed of pumice and volcanic ash. Rainfall is low here but owing to cloud moisture, this intriguing area is covered by mountain grasses and peppered with gorgeous wild flowers and the ethereal mists that gather in the early mornings feed a variety of wild orchids.
The region has stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro and supports great populations of eland, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest and smaller numbers of elephant, lion and buffalo. The park’s lack of basic infrastructure has left it little visited and consequently wonderfully untouched by tourism.
There is just so much you can do in Kenya and we are full of ideas to suit you. In the meantime, here are a few of our favourites.
The Great Migration is one of the most spectacular events of the animal kingdom and we can recommend certain regions at various times of year so that you can have front row seats for this extraordinary movement of game.
It is one of nature’s most astonishing phenomena as two million animals (mostly wildebeest but also zebra, gazelle and eland) head across the plains of Kenya. They risk life and limb to complete this annual journey in search of fresh grazing and water. Hundreds of salivating predators follow in their wake, ready to pick off the tired and the feeble.
The migration normally starts towards the end of April, as the great herds begin to amass on the southern Serengeti plains in preparation for their journey. After this time, the herds begin to disperse into the Masai Mara in Kenya until late October, where they move South again for the start of the new cycle.
As Kenya is conveniently located close to Zanzibar, it is easy to finish your safari trip with some time for relaxation on the beach. The Kenya coastline is beautiful or to the South in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is a short flight away.
Safari beach combo’s allow you to enjoy stark contrast in perfect harmony.Once the safari dust has settled it only seems natural that you should finish your safari on white sand beaches with crystal clear waters!
The combination creates a sense of wow to your trip. It’s hard to believe you will be hot air ballooning over the Serengeti one day and then snorkelling and diving the next. The change of scenery is mind blowing – this is a twin center holiday that’s almost impossible to beat.
Kenya’s Laikipia is arguably the place to go if you’re after fun. Here you can do more than just game driving, which does have a life san after you’ve done it a few times. Here you can literally do everything nature has at its disposal. You can do guided bush walks, lion tracking, horse and camel trekking, game viewing from hides, sleep outside under the stars, visit local villages etc.
Timing is everything and when you choose to visit will play a huge part in the experience you have. Here’s some advice to help.
A member of the Bantu group of African languages, Swahili is spoken by 30 million people, chiefly in Kenya, Tanzania, Congo, Burundi and Uganda. It is the official language of Kenya.
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